21 days in Africa Itinerary

21 days in Africa Itinerary

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21 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  23​h
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Betty's Bay, South Africa
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Hermanus, South Africa
— Few hours
Taxi + Fly:  3​h
4
Mossel Bay, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
7
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
8
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
9
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Nata, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
11
Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Maun, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
13
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You've added Brewers Co-op, Camp's Bay Beach, Bo-kaap, and other attractions to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Robben Island Museum and Cape Point. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, stroll through Signal Hill, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town visit planning website .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Cape Town is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 5 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, expect Cape Town to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for Betty's Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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Betty's Bay, South Africa

Betty's Bay ©
Betty's Bay is a small holiday town situated on the Overberg coast of South Africa's Western Cape province. On the 21st (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Betty's Bay Main Beach.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Betty's Bay trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Cape Town to Betty's Bay in 1.5 hours. May in Betty's Bay sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hermanus.

Things to do in Betty's Bay

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Betty's Bay Main Beach ©
Betty's Bay Main Beach

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Hermanus, South Africa

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Hermanus Cliff Path has been added to your itinerary. On the 21st (Thu), go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Hermanus day trip site .

Traveling by car from Betty's Bay to Hermanus takes an hour. May in Hermanus sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Mossel Bay.
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Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path

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Mossel Bay, South Africa

Mossel Bay ©
A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): hike along St. Blaize Trail.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mossel Bay tour planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Mossel Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Mossel Bay sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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St. Blaize Trail ©
St. Blaize Trail
Shark Diving

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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Robberg Nature Reserve has been added to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Fri), stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with Blackwater Tubing, make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, then trek along Otter Trail, then snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, and finally trek along Waterfall Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay planning site .

Getting from Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jeffreys Bay.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Tsitsikamma National Park
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Waterfall Trail ©
Waterfall Trail
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

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Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

Jeffreys Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore by horseback at Papiesfontein Beach Horse Trails.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Jeffreys Bay day trip planning website .

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Jeffreys Bay in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Jeffreys Bay

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Papiesfontein Beach Horse Trails ©
Papiesfontein Beach Horse Trails

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Port Elizabeth
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Port Elizabeth travel route site .

You can drive from Jeffreys Bay to Port Elizabeth in an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Port Elizabeth can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Walking tours, The Zambezi Royal Luxury River Cruises and Lion Encounter. There's more to do: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks and snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Port Elizabeth to Victoria Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Port Elizabeth in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Victoria Falls, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Lion Encounter
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Zipline
Walking tours
Victoria Falls Bridge ©
Victoria Falls Bridge

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Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park
For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chobe National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park with the Route module. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Nata.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nata, Botswana

Nata
For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nata road trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Nata. In May, daily temperatures in Nata can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Okavango Delta.

Things to do in Nata

Wildlife Parks
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Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta
Listed as a World Heritage Site, Okavango Delta represents a sanctuary for a rich and diverse animal and plant life, which continues to attract swarms of tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers.
To find more things to do and tourist information, go to the Okavango Delta online vacation planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nata to Okavango Delta. Expect little chillier evenings in Okavango Delta when traveling from Nata in May, with lows around 14°C. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Maun.

Things to do in Okavango Delta

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Maun, Botswana

Maun ©
Spread out along the broad banks of the Thamalakane River, Maun retains an old world feel in spite of modern developments: sleek shopping malls and bank headquarters blend with rural huts, while cattle graze on the fertile riverside fields.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Air Shakawe as well as Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Maun holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Okavango Delta to Maun. In June, daytime highs in Maun are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Maun

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park ©
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Air Shakawe ©
Air Shakawe

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Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg driving holiday planning site .

You can fly from Maun to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Maun in June, expect Johannesburg to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Fri) before leaving for home.
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Nelson Mandela Square ©
Nelson Mandela Square

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